Vascular Care & Surgery
Vascular surgery is a specialized field focusing on the body’s vascular system, or your veins and arteries. Vascular disease can be managed through surgical reconstruction, medication and minimally-invasive catheter procedures.
Centura Health offers some of the only programs in the region specializing in advanced vascular surgeries. This includes a hybrid approach to surgery, combining traditional heart surgery with catheterization, and endovascular surgery, which uses catheters to insert expanding grafts to treat aneurysms and other vascular issues.
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Conditions We Treat
- Aneurysms—A ballooning or widening of an artery due to weakened artery walls.
- Blood clots—A semi-solid clump of blood vessels that can cause serious circulatory problems.
- Clogging of the arteries—Plaque build-up within arteries that inhibit blood flow.
- Deep vein thrombosis (DVT)—A blood clot in veins deep inside the body.
- Peripheral arterial disease (PAD)—A narrowing or blocking of peripheral arteries in your legs, stomach, arms and head.
- Peripheral vascular disease (PVD)—When blood vessels outside of your heart or brain become narrowed, blocked or prone to spasms.
- Varicose veins—Veins that have become enlarged and twisted, inhibiting blood flow.
- Aneurysm repair and surgery—An aneurysm is a swelling or ballooning of an artery due to weakness in the artery wall. It is life threatening if the artery were to burst.
In traditional aneurysm surgery, our skilled heart and vascular surgery team will open the chest cavity, remove the aneurysm and replace the damaged section of the artery with a fabric of plastic graft.
Many people are eligible for minimally invasive aneurysm repair instead. In this procedure, our specialists will implant a stent to graft into the body through the artery, guide the stent and graft to the aneurysm and attach a graft that the aneurysm will shrink around.
- Carotid surgery—A carotid endarterectomy is a procedure in which our specialists will make a small incision in the neck and remove plaque buildup from the carotid artery to restore blood flow.
Another commonly used treatment is carotid angioplasty and stenting. This procedure involves inserting a small balloon and using it to push plaque buildup against the wall of the artery. A small metal tube (stent) is then inserted into the artery.
- Dialysis access surgery—In this procedure, our specialists surgically create a new vein to remove and return blood to a dialyzer. We also remove clots and do maintenance on these accesses when they develop problems.
- Inferior vena cava (IVC) filter placement and removal—This is an umbrella-shaped device designed to catch life-threatening clots from traveling to the lungs and causing pulmonary emboli. It is used when a person cannot safely take blood thinners, has to stop taking their medication, or their clots are not responding to medication. Some of these devices are removable.
- Lower extremity arterial surgery—Many people have blockages or narrowing of the arteries that supply blood to their legs. The specialists at Centura Health perform a variety of procedures to treat these blockages.
In some cases, we can repair the artery from inside the blood vessel, or by using “endovascular” techniques similar to heart catheterization. Other times, open surgery is needed to bypass or reroute around the blockage using an artificial artery or a vein taken from somewhere else in the body.
- Varicose vein surgery—Our doctors start with an ultrasound evaluation to look for venous reflux, or veins that allow the blood to flow backwards. They then perform various procedures to repair and improve the appearance of varicose veins, including endovenous laser ablation, radiofrequency ablation, phlebectomies and sclerotherapy.
Other Vascular Surgeries
- Peripheral artery aneurysms
- Complex abdominal aortic aneurysms
- Thoracic aortic aneurysms
- Thoracoabdominal aortic aneuryms
- Acute aortic syndromes including rupture abdominal aortic aneurysms
- Intramural hematomas
- Aortic dissection
- Open and endovascular surgical reconstruction – for mesenteric ischemia and renal artery stenosis
- Endovenous ablation therapy
- Subfascial endoscopic perforator surgery
- Sclerotherapy surgery